Dracula: Path of the Dragon – Part 3

path of dragon part 3

Price: $1.99

Publisher: Chillingo

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Having just finished the conclusion for Dracula: Path of the Dragon, I am a bit dismayed.  Reviews for Part 1 and Part 2 have been up for a while and Part 3 was the last portion of the adventure game, an ending which I have been looking forward to for a while.  Fortunately, Part 3 brings an exciting finish to the game and picks up exactly where part 2 left off.  Why am I disappointed?  Well – because it’s over.

path of the dragon part 3

Path of the Dragon, Part 3 adds an enormous number of puzzles to an already strong story.  If you were disappointed in the number of puzzles in the second chapter (which admittedly were sparse), you will be happy to see that this chapter has tripled the amount of puzzles of the first two chapters put together.  That’s not to say they are all good, but it’s nice to be challenged.

The third chapter also is longer than the second.  The download clocks in at an enormous 500+ megabytes (so make sure to clear some space on your device before trying to install).  You’ll see familiar faces from the first two chapters and also several new faces.  Up until now, the game has lead your character, Arno – the Priest, from initially looking into a person from the Romanian town of Vladoviste becoming a saint, to now looking into the Path of the Dragon (the path of becoming a vampire).  Through twists and turns in the story, a shocking revelation is revealed in part 3 that are equal parts stunning, yet believable.

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One of the issues I have with the final chapter in the game is that the puzzles can be a little tough to discern.  Some things that may have made sense on the PC version of the game have gotten lost in translation because of the small screen and lower resolution graphics.  In some cases, you’ll find yourself trying to use every single object in your inventory to figure out the next portion of the puzzle and failing dozens of times in a row.  It can be a bit frustrating especially when you find out that the reason you couldn’t figure out the puzzle was due to not being able to see something.  In one instance, you need to do something with a string, but the string is too small to see so it feels more like guess and test instead of actual detective work.

The third chapter also adds the possibility of your death into the mix.  While you “die”, you simply wait until the dying animation is over and it reloads you directly back where you were before.  It’s a bit of a copout since there really is no penalty for the death other than having to watch the same animation over and over again as your try to figure out the puzzle.

All in all, the ending of the game will leave some of you fairly satisfied while others will have wanted a bit more.  There are still questions left in the end of the game but by and large, most things are answered.  The bottom line is if you have come this far (through the first two chapters), the third chapter is a must buy.  If you have yet to make the journey, read the first two reviews first and see if it is something you would be interested in.  One way or the other, I look forward to playing more adventure games like this in the future.  The rich setting, great voice acting and sharp graphics give you 6 to 7 hours of gameplay (total time from all 3 chapters) for about 5 dollars.  That’s alright in my book.

Overall Value for it’s $1.99 price point

Overall Value: Rating: ★★★½☆
Graphics: Rating: ★★★★☆
Sound: Rating: ★★★★☆
Controls: Rating: ★★★★★

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25 Comments

  1. Tubagodsgifttomarchongbands

    January 6, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I can’t do anything else I got the gramophone working, got the cucifix all documents seen the photography lab and seen the gypsy who doesn’t give me anything need help

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  2. Cody Sharp

    August 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Did you already find the gramophone in the attic in the inn, get the power back on and do the blood work at Maria’s office via the shed ?

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  3. Jadlo

    August 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Dude Im Stuck, the gipsy tells me to know more about my enemy and I can’t open thegrave of Luciana Harter what should I do? 

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  4. isabella42

    October 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    how did you pass the blood test part of the game, i am currently stuck in the room and i cant figure it out

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  5. Isabella42

    October 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I am stuck in the room after i have done the blood sample tesy, what do i do!

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  6. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The syringe puzzle is tough. I can tell you the correct answers but that’s not much fun unless you want me to. The way to get the correct answers is by reading through the journals and texts you picked up. Notice specifically what hats/no hats the skulls are wearing.

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  7. chubaka34

    June 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    a friend of mine turned me on to this game, however it seems rather challenging for such a tiny game. i seem to have made it towards the end, but i’ve stumbled to a part in the church where (upon completing the blood, sweat, and tears puzzle) i’m stuck in a room of skelton heads on the wall. i’ve used the syringe on them but i dont understand the puzzle. i’m stuck in this stage

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  8. chubaka34

    June 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    a friend of mine got me hooked on this game and i love it, but i keep getting frustrated. i’m in the church thing and i’ve burned the water and seen janos. but after i do the puzzle about the blood sweat and tears, i use the syringe on the skulls but i dont get what i’m supposed to do now

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  9. draculafan333

    June 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

    i dont see a stream there…

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  10. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Look near the stream which is across from the gypsy.

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  11. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Have you also used the wax cylinder?

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  12. draculafan333

    June 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    i dont remember a chapel

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  13. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Have you went to the chapel by the stream? I’m pretty sure you do something with one of your items at the chapel.

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  14. draculafan333

    June 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    also, the gramatophone wont work. i got the needle from ionel but i use it with the gramatophone and get the response “theres no point”

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  15. draculafan333

    June 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    i’m trying to dig in the grave but it says idk who’s there. and the gypsy tells me to learn of my enemy. i’m confused on what to do now. i’ve tried evrything

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  16. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Use the tack and then use the knife.

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  17. ryman

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    i’m stuck trying to go into my room. i try using the tacks and it says i only need one. idk how to get passed this part

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  18. Cody

    June 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Hmm. You are right. Unfortunately, I don’t have the game still installed on my device. So you are sure you picked up everything in the graveyard? You need to have the shovel/spade before the grave keeper will trade for your electric lamp for his monkey wrench.

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  19. blanco406

    June 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Cody, If your reffering to Ionel, he only gives me a needle for the gramophone and tells me about the “iron Guards”. I’ve tried giving him the lamp and other objects, but he does not except any of them.I’m wondering what i’m doing wrong. Thanks for your help!

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  20. Cody

    June 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Blanco,

    Ah, that’s the problem. You don’t buy it from the gravedigger. Remember the child you spoke to in part 1 and 2 that was near the graveyard? He has moved. Try going down different streets by the train station. You’ll find him and he will trade you for the lamp. Hope that helps.

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  21. blanco406

    June 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Great game! but wondering if u can help. I’ve done the blood test, visited both graves and got the crucifix. Got the bomb, maps and notes from the in. listened to the gramophone in the attick. And talked to the gypsy woman(who was no help). What else is there to do? I’ve been told to trade my lamp w/ the grave digger, but he does not except it. I’m wondering if there is a bug. Other players have had this same problem. Thanks!

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  22. blanco406

    June 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Hey Cody!

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  23. Cody

    May 31, 2010 at 7:38 am

    The filament can be received by going out behind Maria’s house and feeding the birds (next to the back door of the house there is an option to do this). When you do that they arrive (via messenger pigeon) with the filament. You don’t actually have to place your blood sample in the fridge. I got stuck in these exact 2 locations. Let me know if you figure it out from there.

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    May 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Great game! However I am stuck. For some reason I cannot place my blood sample in the refridgerated cabinet, nor can I find some way to fix the broken filament. Can you help me with this? Thanks .

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    May 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What’s on your mind…

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